Do you have Hackers inside your business?

Is your business… your business?

In 2016, FBI director James Comey said “There are two kinds of big companies in the United States. There are those who’ve been hacked, and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked.”

For example in 2014, hackers who broke into Sony Corp.’s Hollywood unit spent months collecting passwords and mapping the network before they committed a last act of vandalism, setting off a virus that wiped out data and crashed the system in 10 minutes.

As with Sony, once an intruder is inside your business’ network, they browse your desktop computers, servers, and network devices trying to gain access to information (e.g. customer information such as credit cards and/or logins and passwords) or services (e.g. security cameras, point of sale systems).   The key is to detect the intruders as early as possible.

A detected attack can be stopped, while a non-detected attack will eventually succeed.

GoC Public Safety reports that about 70% of Canadian businesses have been a victim of cyber attacks — average cost  $15,000 per incident [1].

Small Businesses are even more exposed

A 2016 Ponemon Institute study [2] notes:

  • 55 percent of small businesses said they’ve experienced a cyber attack in the past 12 months, and
  • 50 percent said they’ve fallen victims to a data breach within the last year.

According to Verizon studies, 61 percent of data breach victims were businesses with under 1,000 employees [3].

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[1]  Canadians Have Your Say on Cyber Security
[2]  The State of 2016 SMB Cybersecurity, Ponemon Institute, 2016
[3]  2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, Verizon, 2017